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Transatlantic Tunnel (1935)

The Tunnel (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi | November 1935 (UK)
A team of international scientists and engineers attempts to build a tunnel under the ocean.

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(novel) (as B. Kellermann), (screen story) (as Kurt Siodmak) | 3 more credits »
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Frederick Robbins
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Ruth McAllan
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Varlia Lloyd
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Basil Sydney ...
Mostyn
Henry Oscar ...
Grellier
Hilda Trevelyan ...
Mary
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Harriman
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Geoffrey McAllan
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Prime Minister of Great Britain (as Mr. George Arliss)
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President of the United States (as Mr. Walter Huston)
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Engineers Richard McAllan and Frederick Robinson manage to get financial backing for a gigantic project to build a tunnel from England to America. His biggest supporter is Varlia Lloyd, daughter of one of the backers, and she uses her influence more than once to keep the project going. Mack's wife Ruth is also supportive, although his constantly being away on the tunnel project strains their marriage, and affects his relationship with their son. After years of financial skulduggery and physical obstacles under the ocean floor, the tunnel proceeds as Mack's marriage and his friendship with Robbie deteriorate. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The next wonder of the world is the wonder of the movie world

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Transatlantic Tunnel  »

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One of the plot elements that crops up in the movie is a volcanic area that the tunnelers run into about halfway across the Atlantic. This makes sense, as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a very active area. The neat part in relation to the movie is that while the existence of a "Ridge" on the seafloor was known at the time, it was not known that it was so active. It wasn't until the Heezen/Ewing/Tharp mapping of the ocean floor in the 1950s that people discovered that Seismic activity and "Seafloor Spreading" due to magma seepage were going on. That was about 20 years after the makers of the film surmised Magma pockets near the Mid-Atlantic. See more »

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Varlia Lloyd: You don't like him do you?
Mostyn: One likes human beings.
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At the end of the opening credits, a card comes up with "Gaumont-British Picture Corpn. Ltd. were fortunate in securing the services of Mr. George Arliss and Mr. Walter Huston for the parts of Prime Minister of Great Britain and President of the United States." See more »

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Curt Siodmak Writes A Story...
29 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A team of international scientists and engineers attempts to build a tunnel under the ocean.

The story was written by the amazing Curt Siodmak, based on the 1913 novel "Der Tunnel" by Bernhard Kellermann. Interestingly, "Der Tunnel" had already been filmed three times before, once as a German silent, "Der Tunnel" (1915), and then as two sound films "Der Tunnel" (German) and "Le Tunnel" (French), both released in 1933, and both directed by Curtis Bernhardt. The British version today remains the only one easily available.

Suggestions for such a structure actually go back to Michel Verne, son of Jules Verne, who wrote about it in 1888 in a story entitled "Un Express de l'avenir" (An Express of the Future). This story was published in English in Strand Magazine in 1895. As recently as the 1960s, the idea was again proposed, but then using vacuum tubes rather than more traditional modes of transport.

As for the film, it is worth seeing, if for no other reason than to get a feel for British science fiction in the 1930s. This approach seems much different than the boomin science fiction of the 1950s.


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